The guys sit around the back room at Satriale's, playing poker. Christopher and Paulie are going head to head, and Christopher wins. One thing I feel is missing from this show is the shots of people cooking. Remember in GoodFellas when Paul Sorvino had a whole kitchen set up in prison and he would slice the garlic super-thin? Why don't any of these guys ever cook a meal? Anyway. Tony arrives and gets hugs from everyone. The guys are falling all over themselves to make things comfortable for him, to the point of being condescending and treating him kind of like an invalid. Paulie, in particular, is ordering the various soldiers around with lots of finger snaps. Tony asks Vito about the bidding process on the municipal swimming pool, and then decides to show off his scar. Christopher shows off his own scar from when he got shot. Tony goes on and on about his recovery, but eventually Sil changes the subject, because no one cares. One of the guys -- and I have no clue what his name is, but he looks like a giant Mr. Clean -- offers to be Tony's nursemaid, because he nursed his own mother when she had lupus. He even considered a career in health care. Tony starts talking about how he lost muscle mass instead of fat while he was in the hospital, but Christopher interrupts to start the poker game back up. Tony looks around at the guys warily, kind of recognizing that he's lost some of his power.
Episode Report CardKim: A- | 1166 USERS: B-
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